President-elect Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and three other Nigerians have made the TIME’s Magazine list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Others in the 2015 list are the coordinator of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili; versatile novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, and leader of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.
SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
United States, US has expressed its readiness to support President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to rescue the over 200 girls seized by Boko Haram insurgents from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State one year ago.
Vice President, Joe Biden, gave the assurance in a telephone chat with Buhari in Abuja while congratulating him on his electoral victory.
…Gives MDAs April 20 deadline for submission of handover notes
SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan has concluded plans to hand over power to his successor, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd) at a dinner ceremony on the 28th of May, 2015, a day before the official take-off of the new administration.
Accordingly, he has given April 20th deadline for Ministries, Departments and Agencies to submit their handover notes to the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Sen Anyim Pius Anyim.
ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, ABUJA
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday gave reasons why he refused to append his signature to just amended constitution saying the amendment failed to comply with fundamental requirements on review of 1999 Constitution.
According to President Jonathan, the amendment did not meet the provision of Section 9 (3) of the constitution which talks about the need for four fifth of the National Assembly to agree with the amendment.”
VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado Ekiti
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the current democratisation process in Nigeria is in danger following some factors the commission said were pointing to possibly truncating the process.
INEC’s National Commissioner, Professor Lai Olurode, expressed the fear while speaking in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Wednesday, at the presentation of certificates of return to winners in the National Assembly election in the state.
Lagos State Government Wednesday said its monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has risen from N20 billion in 2013 to N23 billion.
The Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Tunde Fowler who made the disclosure at a press briefing in Lagos attributed the increase to the number of people that have come into the tax net of Lagos State.
Former Vice President of Nigeria and APC Chieftain, Atiku Abubakar has said INEC and security officials implicated in the conduct of last weekend’s Governorship election in Taraba State should be removed and replaced with new personnel in the rerun election in the state.
•Gov. extends olive branch to opponents
•Ruling triumph of rule of law —PDP
MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja and VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado Ekiti
The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Ayodele Fayose as the duly elected governor of Ekiti State in the June 21, 2014 election.
In a unanimous decision by the seven-man panel led by Justice John Fabiyi, the court upheld the earlier decisions of the the Ekiti State Governorship Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, which had both earlier ruled that the petition challenging Fayose’s victory lacked merit.
AMAECHI PERCY ONYEJEKWE, Awka
Dissatisfied with a recent statement credited to a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, that the Nigerian /Biafran civil war dragged and avoidable lives lost because the Biafran warlord, late Dim. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, did not concede defeat when Enugu fell to Federal forces, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday warned him to stop insulting Ojukwu.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to rescue the 219 girls of Government Secondary School Chibok in Borno state before May 29.
This followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, (APC-Lagos), which was unanimously adopted by the house.